Meet The Teachers
The Hurley takes great pride in its teachers, all of whom bring valuable expertise, dedication, and a love of children. At the Hurley, teachers work in teams in many areas: by grade, by subject matter, and by area of focus. Hurley teachers view themselves as part of a learning community, and regularly share feedback, best practices, and teaching innovations.
I was born in Puerto Rico. I completed my bachelor's degree in elementary education at State University of New York and my master's degree in ESL at Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico. One of my passions, besides gardening and walking on the beach, is to teach kids how to read. I am an Orton-Gillingham licensed reading specialist.
One of my favorite quotes is from Julia Alvarez;
"I miss them Mami. All those words I had to leave behind. Also, words that in English didn't carry the same feeling" ~Julia Álvarez
I am part of the 1st grade team. I’m the coach and coordinator for our Sole Train team (4th-8thgrade) I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northeastern University, and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College (now Simmons University). My favorite things to teach are the literacy units Ms. Colón and I created a few years ago. I really enjoy teaching about the biomes, habitats and animals, especially since we get to bring in skulls and bones for students to observe some of the animals we read about in class. My favorite quote is "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" ~Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling.
I’m part of the 1st grade team. I coach our 6-8th grade soccer team, and 4th-8th grade SoleTrain team. I attended Boston College and Boston University but my home is Puerto Rico. I’m a true believer that a smile and a hug can change the world.
2nd grade English
Grade 2 Spanish
3rd Grade Spanish
I graduated from Boston College. I love teaching math.One of my favorite memories was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru and finally reaching the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu in the distance!
3rd Grade English
I began teaching 4th grade at the Hurley in 2001. I teach reading, writing, math, and social studies in English. I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2000 with a sociology degree and received my graduate degree from Tufts in education. I’m most passionate about teaching writing, but I love teaching all subjects because it allows me to get to know students in different ways. Fun fact: my husband proposed to me in my classroom, room 201, the last day before winter vacation in 2009...in front of all of my students and a crowd of Hurley onlookers that had accumulated as word spread like wildfire. A parent showed up that afternoon with a bottle of champagne! The Hurley is my second home.
6th grade, ELA/Social Studies
7th and 8th grade Humanities
aka Ms. P. I teach 7th and 8th grade Humanities in both English and Spanish. I coach Debate League and Soccer. I went to school at UMASS Amherst and Lesley University.I love to teach writing-both conveying ideas about how to change the world we live in and self-expression. A fun fact is that Ms. Sullivan and I were co-captains of our high school soccer team.
I am part of our Special Education team, grades K-8 (we take them all). I went to Elementary and High school in California. I got my bachelor's degree at Suffolk University and my Masters at Lesley. My favorite thing to teach is phonics and I love supporting the Middle school teachers with the class novels. I own over 100 copies of Alice in Wonderland. My favorite quote is "The best way to explain it is to do it" from Alice in Wonderland"La mejor manera, para explicarlo es hacerlo"
I am part of the administrative team. I have been teaching for over twenty years, the last ten within the Boston Public School system. I was trained as a Reading Recovery teacher through Lesley University and that is when my love for Literacy Instruction fully developed. My first language is Portuguese, though I only tend to use it now when I am with my family, which is not often enough! I have two children ages 4 and 3, Eleanor and Theo respectively. While I am not teaching or mommy-ing, I love to be in nature, travel, cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and watch anything that makes me laugh!